How to Remove Sticky Residue from Stickers

How to Remove Sticky Residue from Stickers

Sticky residue is often left behind when you are removing a sticker from a surface such as glass or wall, where the sticker has been pasted on for a while. How to remove the sticky residue easily?

There are several methods you can use, and we will list them in this article.

Stickers are fun to use and apply on any surface you like, but they can be a pain to remove!


Some stickers are easier to remove, so you can simply use your hands and fingers. You can peel off the sticker, and find that it doesn't really leave much stubborn residue behind on the surface. The surface also makes a difference - whether it is a smooth and polished surface such as glass or plastic, or a rougher, textured surface such as a stone wall or wooden surface.

If you find that the sticker is comparatively easy to peel off, and the residue left behind is minimal, you can peel off the sticker by going around the perimeter. Peel a bit off from every side, and then keep going in towards the center of the sticker, attempting to peel it off as one single piece, instead of ripping away shred by shred. This usually works when the adhesive on the sticker was not that sticky to begin with, and there is lamination on the surface of the sticker, so it's held together quite intact throughout the peeling process.

As a last step, use hot soap water to go over and wipe away any sticky residue or film that is left behind.


Some stickers are more stubborn to deal with.

When you try to peel them off, they leave behind residue, or jagged shreds on the surface.

How to Remove Sticky Residue from Stickers
Peeling off stickers that leave behind sticky residue

In cases like these, you can opt to use adhesive remover. We would recommend the 3M Adhesive Remover which you can easily purchase at most hardware shops. Simply spray some of the adhesive remover over the sticker and leave it in for a few minutes. You will find that it becomes much easier to peel off the sticker then - it comes off in one piece.


Another option is to use lighter fluid such as the Zippo lighter fluid. The application is similar, and this works well for small pieces of stickers. Again, leave it in for a few minutes, and when you return to it again, you will find that the sticker comes off easily.

How to Remove Sticky Residue from Stickers
Diecut stickers are fun to apply on most surfaces.

USING A SCRAPER: You can opt to use a scraper, but be sure to test it out gently at first, making sure that it doesn't scratch the surface you are working on.

ADVISORY: When working with these liquids and materials, be sure to work in an airy environment, and use gloves if you need to. Wash your hands thoroughly, and make sure they don't come into contact with your eyes.

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